The NFL Refs Penalized a Muslim for His Post-Touchdown Prayer, So Why Do They Ignore Christians Doing the Same Thing?
In Monday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, Husain Abdullah intercepted a pass from Tom Brady and ran it in for a touchdown. Afterwards, he celebrated by kneeling down and touching both hands to the ground — a brief prayer from the devout Muslim:
His team was immediately charged with a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration, or, as the ref put it, “unsportsmanlike conduct, going to the ground.”
After Church/State Separation Advocate Mikey Weinstein Speaks at Patrick Henry College, School Deletes Video
Yesterday, I posted about how the Military Religious Freedom Foundation‘s Mikey Weinstein (below, right) recently sat down for an interview with WORLD Magazine editor-in-chief Dr. Marvin Olasky at Patrick Henry College, one of the most fundamentalist Christian schools in the nation.
This is a guest post written by Richard Hagenston. Hagenston is an ordained United Methodist minister, a former pastor, and the author of Fabricating Faith: How Christianity Became a Religion Jesus Would Have Rejected.
When I was a United Methodist pastor, I learned an unsettling thing from my own experiences and those of some colleagues serving other churches: Many ministers keep secrets about the Bible, lest things they learned in seminary (or otherwise know) hurt church attendance and the Sunday offering.
This put some friends of mine in a terrible quandary, forced to say things from the pulpit that were doctrinally demanded but which they had come to privately question. As for me, I resolved the matter by leaving the pastorate. When I did, I got calls of congratulations from two nearby ministers. One of those calls was especially poignant. He said I was fortunate to have other skills from my previous work experience that I could draw on. But he added that all he had been trained to do was to be a minister and that he felt trapped in the pulpit saying things he no longer believed in order to continue supporting his family.
It’s time our secrets about the Bible came out. It’s time for Christians to know what their pastors won’t tell them.